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Old 7th December 2009, 10:30   #151
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This post is done just to give you a 5 star rating

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Cent percent right. This thread need to be voted 5 stars. Lalu i have voted 5 stars
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This post is done just to give you a 5 star rating

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Cent percent right. This thread need to be voted 5 stars. Lalu i have voted 5 stars
Guys, I am excited. Thank you.
I will get on full gear today evening, I'll not disappoint you guys.

Thanks for staying through and encouraging me. I whole heartedly appreciate the same.
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Old 7th December 2009, 11:17   #153
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Man, the work from you was stupendous so you deserve the stars
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Laluka, Please keep posting more. I am hooked to this thread. You have some of the most beautiful pictures of Ooty and surrounding places.
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Man, the work from you was stupendous so you deserve the stars
Too true. Fantastic work!

Posting my stars here now ***** cos it seems i'd already voted earlier
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Man, the work from you was stupendous so you deserve the stars
Thank you shishir.

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Laluka, Please keep posting more. I am hooked to this thread. You have some of the most beautiful pictures of Ooty and surrounding places.
Thanks Aquarian.

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Too true. Fantastic work!

Posting my stars here now ***** cos it seems i'd already voted earlier
Thank you gomzi.
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Day 3, November 29th 2009

Ooty - Fern Hill - M.Palada (Tribal Museum) - Emerald Dam - Avalanche Lake - Avalanche Dam (Canada Dam) - Avalanche - M.Palada - Fern Hill Palace - Kuruthukuzhy - Fern Hill - M. Palada - Love Dale - Ketty - Ooty (121 Kms)



Again we woke upto a late morning.

Today even my wife wanted to come out for sight seeing. Hence we decided that we go to the best place that we cherished from our 2006 trip - The Emerald and Avalanche lake.

In 2006 we visited Avalanche lake by 18:30PM and drove further onwards through the thick forests, reached a Pumphouse, some dams, numerous hairpins and Parsons valley before we reached Ooty by 20.00PM. That was one scary adventure, which led us to buy a GPS immediately. I'll tell about those incidents after this log.

We quickly reffered our notes and decided on Tribal Museum, Avalanche Lake and Fern Hill Palace Hotel for Lunch. All in the same route. Last time we drove through Parsons valley in the night, this time since we did not have permissions we decided to go till Kuruthukuzhy to see the Guinnes plantation site. So a plan was made and we hit the roads after breakfast by 09:45AM.


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Day 3, November 29th 2009 continued

Tribal Museum


Tribal Research Center has a nice museum which exhibits certain cultural items from several tribes. The museum also has a good collection of photographs of the tribals.

This museum is only open from Mondays to Fridays from 10AM to 5PM. The day we went was a Sunday. We just drove to the main office. An officer was there, on request he obliged to open the museum and explain the items to us. I just cannot believe that the museum is going to be opened on its holiday just for us to see. Ooty and the people here rocks.

The officer opened the checkpost and joined us in the car and we drove up about a kilometer and reached the museum. From outside it looks very modest but inside it had a lot of collections.


The officer opening the Museum for us.
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Red Riding Hood and Power Puff girls waiting at the entrance
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Tribal Museum
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Senior Power puff girl is awestruck by what she saw
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Some tools
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An instrument to channelise water to the field
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"Murram" to remove dirt from rice / wheat - Frankly I never thought I'd see them in a Museum so fast
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Buffalo skull - old buffaloes were huge
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Ladder
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"Thavi" - made out of Coconut wood and "chiratta" - Frankly I never thought I'd see them in a Museum so fast
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Toda model hut
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Bird catcher - Once the bird enters it cannot get out
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Grain Grinder
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Musical Instruments - pipes, drums
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Measuring Vessels
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The Tribes of Nilgiris
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Is this real skin??
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Let me grind some grain
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How about some rain gear?
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Let me play some music!!
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Day 3, November 29th 2009 continued

Tribal Museum


The first floor had a lot of Photographs and paintings.

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Some cloth work
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A Toda model hut
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Views from the Museum.
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After closing the museum, the officer collected a lot of yellow flowers which felt like plastic to touch and gave it to my younger one. The elder one had already collected some plants with roots of the same for our garden. Seeing this the officer got us some pine trees to plant.

Now I am in a dilemma. Already my garden started looking like a forest with Apple trees from Apple valley in Munnar, Orange trees and Gooseberry trees from Yercaud, Sapota and Pomegranate from hometown, Coconut trees from Coimbatore, around 3 varieties of mango trees, grape vines, passion fruits, pepper vines, Neem tree, you name it, it is there - but the enthusiasm is only till you plant - later it just grows and grows.



We left Tribal Museum by 11:15AM - An hour of visit, thanking the officer for such a wonderful explanation of the exhibits and especially for allowing us on a Sunday. From him I came to know that he was surprised that we had interests in knowing about all these, and almost all visitors are foreigners.



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Lalu, the trip to the tribal museum is really wonderful, the pictures stunning. Most of the names you have given are in malayalam, is it that the names were given by you or are they addressed by them. In the photo taken outside the T.museum towards the right i can see the school that is studied in.
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Man how can you do this everytime.Superb.......looking forward to the next set of snaps. Cannot vote 5 stars again for the snaps as i have already voted
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Lalu, the trip to the tribal museum is really wonderful, the pictures stunning. Most of the names you have given are in malayalam, is it that the names were given by you or are they addressed by them. In the photo taken outside the T.museum towards the right i can see the school that is studied in.
Hi majic

Thanks

Regarding names,
Muram (முரம்) is "Winnow" in english. It is used to separate the chaff from (grain) by means of a current of air. Cherattai - is coconut shell.

They are similar in Tamil and Malayalam.

So you studied at Good Sheperds.

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Man how can you do this everytime.Superb.......looking forward to the next set of snaps. Cannot vote 5 stars again for the snaps as i have already voted
Thanks Shishir
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Yes very much an Old Sheperdian and to think of it that is the only school that i studied in right from LKG onwards!
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The teak shelves at the tribal museum look very nice.

The Toda attire is colourful, and that of Kotas seem similar to that of modern day Keralites.
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That is a great narration + pictures = self explanatory

i have sent you a PM, request you to respond.

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